3 AM on Monday July 22, the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts was
burgled and vandalized. A 50-inch television, a DVD player and a
surveillance DVR were taken. In the main theatre, every locked interior
door was destroyed. The exterior door to the Black Box theatre was also
wrenched open. All communications to the theatre—security cameras, cable
and telephone wires—were cut. Both alarm keypads were ripped from of
the walls and both alarm panels were destroyed. A kitchen sink was
broken. Altogether, an estimated $10,000 in damage was left behind.
Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit community
theatre which operates on a shoestring. It receives no government
subsidy and has no ongoing corporate support. Ticket revenues and
rentals are its primary source of income. The staff who work there are
part-time employees and volunteers who work full-time and receive an
honorarium for their services. There is a caretaker's cottage on site,
but finding the best fit for the job has been challenging.
costs for the Dundas include very high electricity bills to keep the
air conditioners and lighting running at the theatre. These bills are
met by our rentals. The Dundas is an old building which needs a number
of repairs, particularly after the damage wrought to the perimeter
fencing and the roof by Hurricane Matthew.
improvement projects have been identified for the upgrading and
expansion of the facility. But what is most important is being able to
pay our staff fair full-time salaries that will enable the theatre to
grow. We can ill afford to handle the extra damage done by the burglars.
So many people have expressed support and
asked how they can help with the repairs of the theatre. We are working
on making online and credit card donations possible, but in the meantime
you can make donations straight to the Dundas bank account:
Dundas Civic Centre
Royal Bank of Canada
Email: email@example.com to find more ways to assist!